Brooklyn-based pop prodigy Matt Simons believes that, despite the day-to-day violence and cruelty that plays out in our iPhone notifications and on our TV screens, that we can do better. He announced this conviction with his infectiously optimistic horn and keyboard filled anthem, “We Can Do Better,” this April, which, in just seven weeks has already accrued over 10 million streams on Spotify.
Today, he has released a feather-light, acoustic version of the shimmering, hook-filled track. The stark, stripped-down rendition only emphasizes the sincerity of his unyielding belief in our humanity, and capacity to grow and change.
The singer-songwriter’s lush sound, buoyed with virtuosic piano and guitar playing, finds blissful middle ground between the golden-age pop magic of Ed Sheeran and George Ezra, and the articulate vignettes-style lyricism of James Bay, Hozier and Leon Bridges.
Watch the “We Can Do Better” music video, starring a cast of kids that embody why Simons is so confident in his optimism here
Simons spent 2017 writing and recording, and will release new music in 2018.
On Friday, June 8, he will perform at the Northside Festival’s AWAL NYC Summer Party at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn alongside Dizzy Fae, Otzeki, Weslee and Janelle Kroll, and tour in Europe this Fall.